There’s a special doggy holiday coming up. February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! If there’s one thing all of our canine pals have in common, it’s a love of snacks. Read on as a local Spring Valley, CA vet offers tips on giving your pet treats.
Fido would be more than happy to try every type of treat on the market. However, that would be a logistical nightmare, so it’s up to you to pick for him. We recommend getting into the habit of reading labels. Try to stick with products that use ingredients you can identify and pronounce. Meat, fish, or poultry should be listed first and most frequently.
Many dogs really try to please their owners. Have Fido do a simple trick for his snack. This is also a great way to reinforce your pup’s training!
If you like cooking, you can make your dog’s treats. You’ll find lots of great recipe ideas online. Just stick to those that use healthy ingredients. Some good options are natural peanut butter, yogurt, sodium-free broth, organic baby food, wheat germ oil, mashed bananas, pureed pumpkin, and/or liver powder. You can also add things like cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry; cheese; eggs; and safe fruits and veggies. Avoid unsafe foods, like garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; caffeine; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and meat on the bone. Ask your vet for more information.
You may want to keep an eye out for recall alerts. These fortunately are not an everyday occurrence, but they do happen. There are several sites which monitor pet product recalls, including the AMVA site here and the FDA site here. Another option is to set up email alerts.
We really can’t discuss dog biscuits without at least touching on Fido’s penchant for begging. Our canine companions really know how to tug at our heartstrings, and get us to share our food with them. However, begging is bad petiquette. It’s also unsafe. The last thing you want is for someone to unintentionally give your furry BFF something that isn’t safe for him. Nip that bad habit in the bud!
Please reach out to us, your local Spring Valley, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!